More questions are being asked about the Government’s contentious $10 million loan to Westland.
Farmers, especially in the South Island, are being reminded that while Mycoplasma bovis has captured headlines, TB is a continuing problem in small pockets of the country.
The identification of bovine TB in cattle and deer herds and wildlife around Mount Cargill, near Dunedin, has led to testing and surveillance changes under the TBfree programme.
The Meat Industry Association says member meat processors have agreed to collect a TB eradication differential levy on dairy cattle, although it does not agree with this method of collection.
Primary industry leaders came together on Tuesday night in Wellington to officially launch the new plan for managing bovine TB in New Zealand.
Government funding for the ongoing plan to eradicate bovine tuberculosis has been approved by Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy.
Sharemilkers and dairy herd owners are being advised to get their livestock sorted for the upcoming 'gypsy day' move.
The farming industry's investment in TB eradication is proving to be effective as OSPRI lifts stock movement restrictions and reduces testing requirements in many areas.
Changes proposed to the TB Plan by a review group are said to have gained the support of most submitters.